American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Redstart
American Redstart, female - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson
American Redstart
American Redstart, male - Huntington Beach, CA
© Tom Benson

The American Redstart is a casual visitor to campus: a female was seen 28-29 Sep 2014 in the sycamore and oak trees adjacent to Chaparral Hall. It is a rare migrant and wintering bird in southern California.

The adult male American Redstart can be identified by it mostly black plumage with a white belly and bright orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. Females have white under parts with a gray head and yellow patches on the sides, wings, and tail. Immature males are variable and can appear similar to females or intermediate between females and adult males.


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